Book 3 of the award-winning Historical Fiction series The Troubadours Quartet
Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice
Winner of the Global Ebooks Award for Best Historical Fiction
Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Awards and the Chaucer Awards
‘Very accomplished historical fiction.’ The Historical Novel Society
1152 Les Baux de Provence
Summoned to the court of Les Baux, Estela and her lover, Dragonetz, are
embroiled in two rival claims for power as their feuding liege lords gather in
Provence. Although Estela is reluctant to leave her idyll with her young child
Musca, and her pursuit of Arabic medicine, she welcomes the chance to show her musical skills and to support Dragonetz, who must use his swordsmanship to play peacemaker.
The visit of the Comte de Barcelone to Les Baux sparks bitter memories of the
recent civil war and Lady Etiennette des Baux has no intention of ceding to her
overlord. Nor does she plan to remain a widow. With good friends on both sides,
Dragonetz weaves a precarious path through the rival factions at court where an uneasy truce prevails behind the chivalry of hunt and tournament.
Meanwhile, Estela faces her own demons. Confronted with her childhood abusers, threatened and attacked, she confides in her friends. Unfortunately, one of those friends is Dragonetz' worst enemy and Estela has no idea of what he is capable.
In this third volume of the Troubadours Quartet, Jean Gill, the 'master of
historical intrigue', continues to weave the gripping adventures of Dragonetz
and Estela seamlessly into real historical events. Medieval France comes alive
in all its facets, from healing with leeches to training a goshawk.
'Page-turning intrigue in the best historical fiction tradition' - J.G. Harlond, The Chosen Man
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
[I received this book in exchange for an honest review] I really love historical fiction, but not this book. The storyline dragged, the characters were muddy, and overal this was a big dissapointment
Very in-depth and historical but such an overwhelming sense of sadness through the whole story. Not sure if I will read the rest of the series or not. This was very heavy reading with no reward at the end.
I have read all the books in this series and loved them all.
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Plaint for Provence: 1152 Les Baux by Jean Gill is the third book in The Troubadours Quartet series. Although I have not read the previous novels in the series, I had no problem understanding what was happening. This is definitely not a standalone, but if you want to start with this novel, go ahead because this is going to be one hell of a ride. In medieval France, Estela de Matin and her lover, Dragonetz los Pros, are finally living the family life they craved. They have their son Musca and their pet dog Nici to keep their days filled with joy. They are called to Les Baux court and soon the two are in the middle of a power struggle. In the midst of a battle that could change Provence forever, these two will have to make some decisions that go against their natures. Can they do it? I was expecting something pretty basic, to be honest. However, this is by far the best historical fiction novel I have read this year and I don’t think another novel can beat this. Plaint for Provence is the perfect title for the novel; it truly depicts the main couple of the novel and how they had to change themselves to survive. I haven’t read the previous novels, but these characters seemed well rounded and well developed. Dragonetz' character was so strong. He kept on fighting and never bowed down to his addiction, and Estela is a spitfire. Musca is adorable. I can’t wait to read the next novel and see how he grows.